Review: 'Spotlight 2010'

Arts groups come together for charitable evening

May 11, 2010
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Once again, the volunteers behind "Spotlight 2010" created a memorable evening in service to the Indiana AIDS Fund.The May 10th evening featured few surprises (and too little time to search for silent auction treasures) but many highlights.

Act one's included members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, under the guidance of Sean Newhouse, setting the professionalism bar very high for the evening with a lovely read on Mascagni's Intermezzo from "Cavalleria Rusticana." It was followed by Claire Wilcher leading a reprise of the shake-the-rafters "Holier Than Thou" number from Actors Theatre of Indiana's "Nunsense." Remember her name, folks. This is a singing actress who should stay very, very busy.

Also in the first act, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre offered an energetic and colorful excerpt from its "Under the Big Top" show. And bassist David Murray, violinist Davis Brooks and pianist Catherine Bringerud (representing the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra) expertly held ears--and hearts--with Gershwin's "Bess, You is My Woman Now."

For me, the stand-outs in the second act included the powerful, lovely work of poet Tasha Jones (in a dress I'm sure many of the drag performers in attendance coveted), the grace and power of Kenyetta Dance Company in "Dounia," a world premire work from choreographer Nicole Clarke-Springer, and the Indiana Repertory Theatre's Milicent Wright in a wonderful excerpt from "Pretty Fire" (which I'm now kicking myself even harder about missing when it played as part of the IRT's Going Solo fest).

Again, these were just, for me, the highlights. And you could have seen it all for $15. Next year, don't miss it (and buy your tickets early, since this time was a near sell-out).

Your thoughts? If you were there, what were some of your favorite acts?

  • My faves
    Overall it was a great night for the Arts! My highlights of the night were ATI's "Nunsense" (of course I may be a bit biased on that since I Stage Managed it! LOL), Phoenix's "Speech & Debate", GHDT's "The Traveling Gypsy Circus", Brenda Williams & PI Jazz Ensemble's "At Last", Tasha Jones, IMC's "Prayer of the Children", IRT's Millicent Wright, and DK's "For Jose". Those were the ones that stuck out the most to me, but overall (like I said), a GREAT Night! Congrats to all involved!
  • Spotlight 2010
    I enjoyed myself tremendously at Spotlight 2010 this year. My favorite act was the Lovely Ms.Tasha Jones. Her performances are also so moving. She promises goose bumps to all who lend an ear. Kudos to whoever outbid me in the silent auction for Denzel Washington and Whoopi items.
  • Spotlight 2010
    This was my first Spotlight. Being a relative newcomer to Indy, I am still learning about all the various events and arts groups Indy has to offer. For both mom and me, DK's "For Jose" was the hands-down highlight.

    Mom was thrilled to be the high bidder for the autographed Dustin Hoffman photo. Wish I could have gotten one of the gift baskets I bid on, but no luck there.

    The event had something for everyone and was a great opportunity to learn more about other arts groups that I will not put on my calendar for next year.

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